Bemidji High School’s Aiden Saari and Brooks Matetich punched their tickets Saturday to the Class A state boys swimming and diving meet. Saari was crowned diving champion and Matetich posted a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at the Section 5A meet in Morris.
The two Lumberjacks will each make their first career trip to state.
Saari scored a 355.95 in diving to take first place ahead of Alexandria’s Caden Kavanagh (352.05). The junior was also named Section 5A Diver of the Year.
Matetich, a sophomore, qualified for state after his second-place time of 56.05 in the 100 fly, bested only by Alexandria senior Luca Dauer’s time of 54.35
The Class A state meet begins with diving prelims at noon on Thursday, Feb. 27, with the swimming prelims set for noon on Friday, Feb. 28. The Class A swimming and diving finals are scheduled for noon on Saturday, Feb. 29. The meet will take place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.